Patricia T. Alpert
Dr. Patricia T. Alpert’s program of research is concentrated in obesity and the alternative exercise effects on balance, memory and mood in older adults. The long-term goal of her research is to strengthen knowledge in the areas of balance and obesity so that plausible interventions can be initiated. She recently completed research on balance across the decades (20 to 60-plus years), to identify the decade of life in which balance begins to decline and to identify which of the three systems involved in balance (visual, vestibular or somatosensory) is affected initially. Utilizing her prior research on vitamin D deficiency/insufficiency, Alpert hopes to assess the relationship of associated muscle weakness due to vitamin D deficiency and declining balance. Her current research on obesity centers on balance, quality of life and muscle strength in obese older women with knee osteoarthritis participating in a progressive exercise program. She has received both intramural and extramural grant funds to support research in these areas. Her published research reports and clinical articles have appeared in nursing, pediatric medicine and physical therapy journals.
Alpert is a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and holds ANCC national certification as both a pediatric and family nurse practitioner. She is also an NLN certified nurse educator and a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in maternal-child nursing. She has reviewed numerous articles for several health and nursing journals, is a grant reviewer for HRSA, CDC and NIH. She is a member of the editorial board for two peer reviewed journals; Home Health Care Management & Practice and Nursing Education Perspectives. She also writes a bi-monthly column on preventive health care issues, which appear in the Home Health Care Management & Practice journal.